18 Feb 8 Things To Bare in Mind at a New Workplace
We all know how difficult it is to fit in with new people; we’ve done it enough times. Going from school to school back when I was a kid, I found it difficult to make friends because I was lacking in confidence. I would follow people I knew from previous occasions like the ugly duckling.
I took it upon myself to try and improve my confidence as much as I could. I joined many different sports teams with people I had no history with before. This help to teach me that people aren’t as scary as they seem. Treat people with respect and they will treat you with respect! You want to come across as responsive and respectful.
Humour and Not Crossing the Line
Joining a new work team is similar to this as we need to know how to interact with your team members. It pays to get to know them a bit and then you can see where you stand and it gives you a good understanding of their sense of humour. It’s good to have a joke with you colleagues to keep morale high, but you need to know not to cross the line! Don’t be offensive about people’s ethnicity, religion, sexuality and anything else that could cause some disturbance!
Avoid the use of profanity unless you know that the business tolerates it, this can be considered unprofessional.
You want to come across likable, if you reply to people with really blunt responses, people will avoid speaking to you.
Admit You Don’t Understand
If you don’t understand what you’re doing, don’t pretend you do. The worst thing to do is sitting there trying to do something that you don’t know how to do. You’ve going to waste more time trying to figure out how to do it, than if you just asked. Write how to down in a notebook so you know the step to step on how you’re going to complete your work.
Go Out with Colleagues
If you get the opportunity to go on a night out with your work mates, you should definitely take it! It gives you a better chance to find out what they’re really like! They’ll feel more comfortable out of working hours and will tell you more about them self (Especially after a few beers).
People will talk to you if you talk to them, it’s as simple as that! Start conversations, ask them questions about themselves and get to know them.
Use Valid Responses
When someone asks you a question don’t respond with ‘I don’t know’ This is ignorant and very frustrating for the person asking the question. They want a valid response and this is not valid! Also if you are always responding with ‘I don’t know’ it’s giving off the vibe that you really don’t know what you’re doing. This is not a good vibe to give off at all!
At the end of the day you just need to be yourself! Tone it down if you’re a bubbly and natural loud person as this can irritate other people and also be distracting. It’s good to talk to people at work, but don’t overdo it as it can affect how efficient you’re being and can disturb others.